Police & You: The recent events in a Richland County, South Carolina high school where a uniformed law enforcement officer forcibly removed a student from her desk and placed her in handcuffs should serve as a vivid reminder to parents and students alike that whether you agree with the officer's tactics or not, uniformed law enforcement officers are routinely in America's schools and are undoubtedly not going anywhere.
When you have attorneys protecting your rights, there is no need to speak to the police or media. After Jodi Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder last month, during a television interview with KSAZ, she stated, "I would much rather die sooner than later." Apparently, Arias was surprised by the jury's verdict. She told the Phoenix television station, "[i]t was unexpected for me, yes, because there was no premeditation on my part," but she also stated, "I can see how things look that way."
When it comes to the Police & You, many people are shocked to learn that the police may legally resort to a variety of seemingly underhanded tactics in order to obtain a confession from a suspect in a criminal case. For example, the police may flat-out lie to a suspect during questioning. Thus, the only sure way to protect your rights if you are questioned by the police is to clearly and unambiguously assert both your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney.